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Nursing

In collaboration with community colleges and universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Inver Hills helped develop the innovative Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) curriculum. As a transformative approach to nursing education, MANE encourages a deep understanding of key nursing concepts while addressing the changing health care environment.

Contact Information

Sue Frosch
Director of Nursing

sfrosch@inverhills.edu
651-450-3470
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Admissions Team

admissions@inverhills.edu
651-450-3000
College Center

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing prepares you for a career in professional nursing. Admission to the Nursing program is limited and competitive; a separate application is required. Many students enroll at Inver Hills and complete prerequisite courses before applying to the Nursing program. Advanced standing is offered to qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN’s) interested in the MANE nursing program.

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MANE

In collaboration with community colleges and universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Inver Hills helped develop the innovative Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) curriculum. As a transformative approach to nursing education, MANE encourages a deep understanding of key nursing concepts while addressing the changing health care environment.

The Inver Hills MANE Nursing program admissions process admits you to both the Metropolitan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Inver Hills A.S. in Nursing programs.

MANE Nursing application
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Start date: Fall Semester 2018

TEAS Admission Test Information

Applicants to the Inver Hills' MANE Nursing program are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) developed by ATI Nursing Education prior to being admitted.

Register for TEAS testing

Students requesting accommodations for TEAS testing are directed to test at a campus where they will be applying if at all possible.

ATI TEAS V testing is available throughout the semester with availability becoming limited as the semester comes to a close. Students are encouraged to plan ahead as space is limited.

Tests at Inver Hills

TEAS testing will take place in the College Center, room 290 - follow this link for a campus map and directions. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the test.

Alternate testing dates are available at other schools participating as a partner with the MANE curriculum: Anoka Ramsey Community College, Century College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Riverland Community College and Ridgewater College. Please check ATI Nursing Education for more information on these dates.

Accreditation

The Inver Hills Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The Inver Hills Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Nursing information sessions

Interested in studying at Inver Hills to become a registered nurse? If you are not already an Inver Hills student, come to an information session and learn all about our Nursing program. If you are a current student, you can contact an academic counselor or advisor to determine your best plan for applying to the program.

Check the schedule below for the most convenient session to attend.


Degrees

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing – 75 credits

General Requirements for the A.S. in Nursing:

  1. At least 75 credits
  2. A grade of C or better in each required nursing and liberal arts courses
  3. Must maintain a grade of C or higher in all college coursework and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status to progress in the nursing program

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Fall or spring semester start

Nursing Curriculum – 35 credits

Course Number Title Credits
NURS 2700 Foundations of Nursing-Health Promotion 9 cr
NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse 2 cr
NURS 2800 Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing 7 cr
NURS 2820 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse 3 cr
NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I 2 cr
NURS 2900 Acute and Complex Care in Nursing 7 cr
NURS 2920 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II 2 cr
NURS 2950 Nursing Leadership I 3 cr
Total Credits: 35

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 40 credits

1 See Catalog for course prerequisite.
2 BIOL 2305 may be substituted to fulfill this requirement.
3 PSYC 1215 combined with 1220 may be substituted for PSYC 1210.
4 BIOL 1115 may be substituted to fulfill this requirement.
Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100 or
COMM 2230 or
COMM 2240
Interpersonal Communication or
Small Group Communication or
Intercultural Communication
3 cr
BIOL 1120 or
BIOL 1154
Exploring Biology or
Biology: From Cell to Organism
4 cr
BIOL 2201 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4 cr
BIOL 2202 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4 cr
BIOL 2205 Microbiology 1,2 4 cr
PSYC 1101 or
PSYC 1201
General Psychology or
General Psychology with lab
4 cr
PSYC 1210 Lifespan Psychology 3 4 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (See Goal 6 of MnTC) 3 cr
ANTH 1110 or
ANTH 1130 or
ANTH 2130 or
SOC 1127
Cultural Anthropology or
Intro to Biological Anthropology or
Medical Anthropology or
Social Inequities
3 cr
PHIL 1112 or
BIOL 1114
Ethics or
Critical Issues in Human Biology 4
3 cr
Total Credits: 40

Certificates

Nursing Assistant Certificate – 5 credits

The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Inver Hills provides training required for basic entry into health care as a nursing assistant or home health aide, including 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Students are prepared to take the state registry exam for certification upon completion of the course. The course meets the NA requirement for admission to the Inver Hills Community College Nursing Program.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Nursing Core Curriculum (5 credits)

Course Number Title Credits
NURS 1001 Nursing Assistant 5 cr
Note: To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.
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Course Descriptions

NURS 1001  Nursing Assistant   5.0 cr

Introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic nursing skills in long-term care and/or home care environments. Skills are taught in a simulated laboratory setting utilizing demonstration and role-playing. Upon successful completion of classroom studies, the student will participate in 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. This course meets the objectives of the Federal OBRA and Minnesota Department of Health requirements as detailed for educating the nursing assistant. Students should be fluent English speakers. Course includes a malpractice insurance fee. Note: To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Prereq: Completion of READ 0090 or placement into READ 0093 or higher; HCM 1111 Medical Terminology recommended.

NURS 2700  Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion   9.0 cr

Introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. The emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan includes learning about self-health, as well as holistic client health practices. Students learn to access and apply research evidence to guide safe preventative care. The student will incorporate communication and growth and development theory in a caring and culturally sensitive manner. The student will work as an ethical member of multi-disciplinary teams giving and receiving feedback about performance and use reflective thinking about their practice. Within the context of the nursing process, populations studied will include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, concurrent enrollment in NURS2750 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

NURS 2720  Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse   4.0 cr

Expands the knowledge and skills of the LPN as they transition to the professional role within nursing. Emphasis is placed on health promotion through the lifespan and incorporates theories related to evidence-based practice, quality and safety, communication, collaboration, clinical decision-making/reasoning, informatics, assessment, caring, and health- illness continuum. Prerequisites: Admission to the accelerated nursing program track, concurrent enrollment in NURS2750 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

NURS 2750  Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse   2.0 cr

Introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, concurrent enrollment in NURS2700 or NURS2720 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

NURS 2800  Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing   7.0 cr

Focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the "lived experience" of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better. Concurrent enrollment in NURS2850.

NURS 2820  Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse   3.0 cr

Introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better.

NURS 2850  Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I   2.0 cr

Introduces a holistic perspective of pathophysiological processes and the disruption in normal body function. Emphasis will be on objective and subjective manifestations of common chronic health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations to provide a foundation for nursing care. This course complements selected topics addressed in Chronic and Palliative Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS2800

NURS 2900  Acute and Complex Care for Nursing   7.0 cr

Focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health and/or end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of theory and skills required to provide nursing care to clients with complex and/or unstable conditions. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of life span, developmental factors, cultural variables and legal aspects of care guide the ethical decision making in delivery of care. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS2820, and NURS2850 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2920.

NURS 2920  Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II   2.0 cr

Facilitates ongoing critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis will be on interpretation and prioritization of data resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations. This course complements the selected topics addressed in Acute & Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS 2820, and NURS2850 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2900.

NURS 2950  Nursing Leadership I   3.0 cr

Focuses on prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care of clients across the lifespan. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are analyzed. Emphasis is on planning, collaborating and coordinating care for individuals and groups across the care continuum. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS2820, NURS2850 with a grade of C or better.

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Transfer Information

The A.S. in Nursing at Inver Hills has articulation agreements with Minnesota State and the following four-year institution:

  • Minnesota State Statewide Nursing Program Transfer Agreement: BSN completion
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: BSN-LINC (online BSN completion)
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Clubs & Organizations

Student clubs

Student Nurse Leadership Organization (SNLO)

Purpose: Promote professional and personal growth for nursing students through social, educational and recreational activities.

To learn more, contact:

Pam McDowell
Nursing Faculty
SNLO Faculty Advisor
651-450-3610

Professional organizations

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Employment Information

Nursing is a crucial health care profession

According to the American Nursing Association (ANA), the nursing profession is the "protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations."

Nurses collaborate as integral members of health care teams across a variety of medical settings. As hands-on health professionals, nurses provide essential, personalized care to patients as individuals. Nurses are critical to the healing process while serving as patient, family and community advocates.

Because career opportunities abound in the nursing field across a spectrum of occupations, you can find nurses starting out as entry-level practitioners or working as doctoral-level researchers. Nurses are required to earn state licensure by taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Prospective licensed practical nurses (LPNs) take the NCLEX-PN; prospective registered nurses (RNs) take the NCLEX-RN.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations." The increase is due to several reasons, including:

  • Increased emphasis on preventative care
  • Growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity
  • Demand for health care services from the baby boomer population

Through the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) curriculum, Inver Hills is meeting a growing nationwide movement requiring all nurses to hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The Inver Hills MANE Nursing program admissions process admits you to both the Metropolitan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Inver Hills A.S. in Nursing programs.

As a professional nurse, you have the ability to focus your skill development on a particular specialty. You have choices across a range of specialties. Each specialty has its own education and certification pathway with a corresponding professional network or organization. Registered nurses (RNs) with career specializations expand their job opportunities, work-setting options and scope of patient care. You can earn new credentials through educational programs and on-the-job training.

Nursing occupational specialties

  • Ambulatory care nurse
  • Cardiac care nurse
  • Case management nurse
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Correctional facility nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Dermatology nurse
  • Developmental disability nurse
  • Domestic violence nurse
  • Emergency nurse
  • Forensic nurse
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Health policy nurse
  • HIV/AIDS care nurse
  • Holistic nurse
  • Home health care nurse
  • Hospice nurse
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • Licensed practical nursing (LPN)
  • Long-term care nurse
  • Managed care nurse
  • Military nurse
  • Neonatal intensive care nurse
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse entrepreneur
  • Nurse executive
  • Oncology nurse
  • Orthopaedic nurse
  • Pain management nurse
  • Plastic surgery nurse
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Pulmonary care nurse
  • Radiology nurse
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • Telemetry nurse
  • Toxicology nurse
  • Trauma nurse
  • Veteran Affairs (VA) nurse

Potential careers open to nursing majors

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.S. in Nursing from Inver Hills and a BSN from Metropolitan State University.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.S. in Nursing degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Work as a key member of the professional healthcare team to provide quality patient care in a variety of fast-paced medical facilities
  2. Practice a wide range of health care processes, techniques, and diagnostic procedures in a high-tech simulated and live clinical environments
  3. Utilize therapeutic communication and critical thinking skills to provide quality patient care
  4. Receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with Nursing faculty
  5. Be dual-enrolled in the BSN program at Metropolitan State University
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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